J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2017 Jun;52(3):285-289. 10.4055/jkoa.2017.52.3.285.

Contralateral Nerve Root Compression after Direct Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. jungsublee@pusan.ac.kr


Direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion (DLIF) has been introduced as an effective new thoracolumbar fusion technique for patients with degenerative lumbar diseases. DLIF associated with easy-to-learn, high fusion rate, improved restoration of spinal alignment, and early patient mobilization due to minimally invasive nature. However, ipsilateral L2–L5 nerve root irritation and injury are well-known complications. However, damage to the contralateral nerve root has been rarely reported and, to the best of our knowledge, there have not been any reports about contralateral nerve root injury after DLIF in Korea. Thus, we report a case of contralateral nerve root compression due to osteophyte from the lower endplate of the vertebral body and position of intervertebral cage after DLIF.


direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion; contralateral; nerve root compression
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